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US Govt imposes new Visa Charges on Nigerians
The United States government reportedly has imposed new Visa Charges to ‘reciprocity fee’ on Nigerians seeking to travel to the United States.
The new fee, according to report, will only apply to Nigerians whose visa request has been approved.
This was contained in announcement by the Unoted States’ Embassy in Abuja.
The new fee, according to Premium Times reports, ranges from $80 to $110 (28,8000 to N39,600) depending on the type of visa being applied for.
The embassy said: “The reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, which all applicants pay at the time of application,”
The embassy noted that the fee was being imposed to reciprocate a similar one by the Nigerian government on Americans seeking to travel to Nigeria.
“U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible.”
The U.S. is a major destination for thousands of Nigerians who travel annually for various reasons including education, leisure, and work.